Rio de Janeiro shifts to the top of the world beginning on August 5, 2016, and continues for 16 days that will change the lives of participants and viewers alike. The Games in Rio draw us in like no other event, as more than 10,000 athletes will compete in the largest peacetime gathering of nations in the history of the world. About forty of those athletes will be Shaklee Pure Performance Team members, each powered by the same products and culture that help enrich our lives. The Games will also enrich us, and our athletes will inspire and amaze like never before.
To follow the Shaklee athletes competing in Rio, first meet the Team here. The official schedule for the events is available here, and check your local listings for specific times for TV viewing. Online viewing is also available at the official Rio site.
Each of the Shaklee athletes deserves the watching eyes of the world, and we’ll also highlight a few here beginning with Adeline Gray. She enters the Games as a favorite to win a gold medal in Women’s Wrestling, having won the past two World Championships as part of a two-year run of undefeated matches. “I’m looking forward to becoming the first US female wrestler gold medalist in the history of the Games in Rio,” she said. There’s no false bravado there; Adeline thinks of her journey as a gold medalist as something already in the process of accomplishment, not just a nebulous aspiration. “I have a fantastic support system with my coaches, family, friends, and we’re on track to make it happen!”
Also favored to pick up a medal is four-time US Team member and three-time medalist, marksman Matt Emmons in the 3 X 40 rifle event. He’ll lead a contingent of marksmen to include 2008 bronze medalist trapshooter, Corey Cogdell; three-time US Team member Keith Sanderson in Rapid Fire Pistol; and newcomerMorgan Craft, 2015 World Champion in Skeet shooting.
The Women’s Water Polo team is aiming for the top prize, which features five Shaklee athletes: KK Clark, Kami Craig, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Courtney Mathewson, and Melissa Seidemann. Kami, Courtney, and Melissa were on the 2012 Team that won a gold medal in London, and they will lead a team that is as strong as any in recent memory.
Another team highly likely to claim gold in Rio is the prestigious Women’s Eight rowing team. Seven of the nine members (which include the coxswain) are powered by Shaklee products, and this team is perhaps one of the most dominant rowing teams in history, having won gold medals in 2008 and 2012, as well as every world championship since 2006. Members include Amanda Elmore, Eleanor Logan, Megan Musnicki, Amada Polk, Emily Regan, Kerry Simmonds, and coxswain Katelin Snyder.
Rio will also feel the presence of “Shaklee siblings,” as Margaux Isaksen and younger sister Isabella will compete in the Modern Pentathlon. Incidentally, Isabella is married to Amro Elgeziry who competes for Egypt in the Modern Pentathlon, and whose brother Omar Elgeziry will also be competing in the same sport. In addition, the Hurley sisters – Kelley and Courtney – will strive to match or improve their 2012 silver medal performance in Fencing.
The Shaklee siblings will infuse a sense of “family” into the Games, but that element will extend beyond blood relations, according to four-time US Team member in diving, bronze medalist Troy Dumais. “One of the most impressive aspects of the Games is the way the athletes are so tightly bonded,” he said. “You’re not just part of diving, or of any sport; you’re a full-fledged member of a team, or whatever country you represent, and the support, atmosphere, and energy is so inspiring that many of the Team members say it’s the most memorable part of the Games.” He added, “All those feelings make it easier to compete. After all, it’s always easier when you’re with your ‘family.’” Good luck to all our Shaklee Pure Performance Team athletes – they are indeed part of the Family!